Interview: Career Coordinator Kimberly

Interview: Career Coordinator Kimberly

Who are you?
My name is Kimberly Ernest and I am 23 years old. Last year I have finished my master Marketing at the Erasmus School of Economics and after that I have decided to apply for a board position within the MAEUR. Before my board year, I did the Clash of the Marketers Committee, which convinced me that the MAEUR was the right study association for me. Besides my board year, I have a part-time job at Blauw Research where I work two days a week.

What made you choose to apply for the MAEUR board?
After finishing my master, I was not sure what to afterwards. Since I have experienced my year as an active member as very positive, this really made me curious how it is like to be in the board of the MAEUR. Therefore, I approached some board members of last year and gave me more information, which convinced me to apply for a board year.

What is your function and what does it entail?
I am the Career Coordinator of this year’s board. As the Career Coordinator, I have different responsibilities related to the career aspects of our members, such as events, trainings and guest lectures. I organize events such as the Online Marketing Event, Erasmus Marketing Thesis Awards and the MAEUR Trend Event: Neuromarketing. Besides enhancing my organizational skills, I am also responsible for the Bachelor Consultancy Project. This project challenges me to acquire companies and guiding students.

Describe the day in the life of a Career Coordinator
I start my day at 9:00 a.m. at the office. First, I want to contact a few companies who are interested in the Bachelor Consultancy Project and give them more information. Thereafter, I have a meeting with a professor from the RSM together with Rona, the External Relations Coordinator, to discuss one of our upcoming event for second year bachelor students of the RSM. Our aim is to find 10 companies who want to give a short presentation and provide a workshop. After this meeting, we have the first board meeting of the week. During this meeting we shortly discuss the most important things related to each position. Since I also have an office shift from 13:00 untill 17:00, I did not schedule more meetings this day. For now, I will be mainly focused on acquiring companies for the Marketing Day and arranging some general things. At the end of the day, we have the EFR election debate, where we will be present with the whole board to see the discussion between Wilders and Rutte. Afterwards, we have scheduled to have dinner with the board of FAECTOR.

What did you learn from this experience?
I have gained a lot of practical skills related to the organization of events. As the Career Coordinator, you do not have a committee to organize an event with, which means that you have to do a lot of things by yourself. Next to that, I learned how to work in a team with six other highly motivated students. They challenge you to think critical and how to get the best out of yourself. This was really instructive for me.

What did you enjoy most about this board year?
There are many things which I enjoyed about my board year. First of all, the Commercial Break, which was the biggest event of the MAEUR so far. We managed to invite 300 students and ended up with a notable evening. Personally, I was also very proud with the organization of the Online Marketing Event. It was great to see so many motivated students working on two challenging cases. Another memorable moment was our Constitution Drink. First, I was a bit afraid to be ruined by other association. But at the end we managed to get a lot of food, which was really sweet.

What is your next destination?
Because I am already finished with my master, my next step will be finding a job within Online Marketing. It feels so strange to end this chapter of my life and start with new things. However, I would never regret the fact that I have chosen to do a board year after finishing my master.

Interested in becoming the next Career Coordinator of the Marketing Association EUR? Feel free to contact Kimberly (career@maeur.nl) if you have any questions. For general information about the board and the available positions, you can read the brochure. Click here to apply for the 49th board! The deadline is the 14th of May